Somaliland has come from a long way to since declaring its independent from the rest of Somalia on 1991. The businesses were booming and were mostly run by women. Its estimated that 70% of the population are women. Despite being the 70% of the population, women in general have struggled to have their input in relation politics and other means of advancing the country. These obstacles have always been there traditionally.
Their number enemies are tribal and religious leaders whom do not want these women not advance or compete with their fellow countrymen. These people claim to be that women should be at home taking are of domestics issues rather than country issues with no justification from the religious point of view.
Since Somaliland has declared its own state for nearly 22 years, 5 democratic elections were held, and an estimated of 85% of the electoral are women and youth, and many intellectual citizens noticed that women should be on the front seat to lead the elections or compete the candidacy with fellow men with lots of support from the population as a whole.
Its unforgettable that the role that women played on the latest municipality elections held in the country with huge support form the public. Regrettably, none of the women had made to grab seats for these local elections. Its arguable that all these women were singled out not to represent at the municipality, and every effort were made to ensure that none of them proceeds to next face. All those honorable women believe that they were rigged and could have challenged with the electoral commission but left for the sake of not creating chaos within the population, as the situation could have been deteriorated should they have go ahead with challenging those looters.
Women will not be put off by these barbaric actions, but will fight to reclaim their justice, as they are citizens themselves, and would carry on the fight to ensure that there is justice for all.
By Ilham Hassan